Stop Google Analytics SPAM bots and reduce server load


by Danila Vershinin, September 17, 2017

Reduce server load easily by configuring nginx to discard unknown hostnames. Fight those Google Analytics spam bots!

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PHP and HTTP caching


by Danila Vershinin, September 16, 2017

I figure there isn’t much all-in-one information on the subject and this will be a constant draft with my findings. PHP 7 and caching headers PHP itself alters Cache-Control headers only when all conditions are true at the same time during request: session_start() has been called session.cache_limiter has default value of nocache It adds 3 […]

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Nginx: Disable logging of Magento security probes


by Danila Vershinin, August 8, 2017

Disable logging of Magento 1.x security probes in Nginx configuration. Uses map Nginx feature to conditionally log requests to Magento.

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NGINX SELinux Configuration


by Danila Vershinin, August 7, 2017

NGINX SELinux configuration will make sure that your server is secure and compliant with PCI standards.

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MariaDB: replicate single database. Tutorial and gotchas


by Danila Vershinin, July 16, 2017

Setup MySQL slave replication with few easy steps. Some gotchas on MySQL replication lag and how to fix it.

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cPanel is a big no-no


by Danila Vershinin, July 15, 2017

Servers with cPanel might be easier to manage… if you’re not serious to build a decent website.

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Testing client side performance with GTMetrix


by Danila Vershinin, July 4, 2017

GTMetrix? Ok, let’s test your website’s client side performance using GTMetrix. Let’s also find out what we’re really testing by understanding client side vs server side performance.

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Varnish – cache on cookies


by Danila Vershinin, May 30, 2017

Cache those logged in pages with Varnish!

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Varnish as Web Application Firewall


by Danila Vershinin, May 16, 2017

Protect your web application using.. simple Varnish VCL coding.

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Ultimate Magento Security Checklist


by Danila Vershinin, May 9, 2017

Secure your Magento using this easy checklist with links for in-depth tutorials on making your store safe from hacks

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